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Ontario’s Construction Industry Faces Labour Shortage: 100,000 New Workers Needed in the Next 10 Years

A report has revealed that Ontario’s construction and maintenance sectors are currently operating at full capacity and will need to recruit an additional 100,000 workers by 2029. Ontario is looking to recruit workers both locally and from outside the province in order to fill this labour gap.

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As Ontario’s population and job market continue to grow, more industrial and commercial infrastructures and residential buildings are being needed.

According to the Executive Director at BuildForce Canada, Bill Ferreira, Ontario “is expected to experience low construction unemployment, high labour demand, and high numbers of anticipated retirements across the scenario period”. 

In order to meet the growing demands for expansion and an aging population, Ontario’s construction industry will need to hire and train 100,000 new workers over the coming decade. Both on-site and off-site jobs, such as electricians, carpenters, engineers, and administrative and management-related occupations, will be needed. 

Approximately 26% of Ontario’s construction workforce is currently made up of newcomers, the majority coming from China, India and European countries. The province plans to recruit even more immigrants to fill the current labour gaps, especially as it anticipates welcoming a net of 1.4 million new Canadians in the next ten years. 

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Home to major cities such as Ottawa and tech-hub Toronto, the province of Ontario continues to be Canada’s most popular destination for newcomers. 

The Federal Express Entry system is the fastest path to Canadian permanent residence for skilled workers. Applicants are not required to have a job offer, and are rather rewarded for high levels of education, language proficiency and work experience. 

With Ontario having seen its largest employment growth in 2019, and expecting to welcome more newcomers than ever before, now is a great time for those looking to work and live in Ontario to take the first step towards their Canadian permanent residence!


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